Microbiologist Janet K. Jansson was quoted at length in the August issue of BioTechniques regarding the stubborn mysteries of microbial communities, which can be good or bad for the ecosystems they populate. Among nine scientists quoted or cited, she was the most frequently heard.
Adding to increased national attention on the importance of soil to Earth's ecosystems, health, and climate, PNNL microbiologist Vanessa Bailey co-authored a meeting report on soil carbon science imperatives that went online Aug. 12 in the journal Eos.
A new paper, published recently in mSystems, shows how researchers at the PNNL untangled a mass of soil microbes more fully than scientists have ever done before.
PNNL researchers, in collaboration with scientists from several other institutions, have figured out how Synechococcus grows at a rate that far outpaces most of its peers. Using these findings, researchers potentially could make fuels and chemicals faster than is currently possible.
Earth system models used to predict future climate and the carbon cycle are very sensitive to changes in heterotrophic respiration, or the plants' release of carbon dioxide as it decomposes. But do such models well represent this important part of the carbon cycle? PNNL researchers propose "decomposition functional types" as a new approach, as an intermediate step that has the potential to allow models to make much greater use of observational data.
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Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.
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